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CHESTER, PA - A trio of $16,000 contests shared the spotlight on a special Friday evening card at Harrah's Philadelphia with driver Andrew McCarthy, who won four races, including the featured pace and the faster of the two featured trots. The Captaintreacherous sophomore filly Tarryn A Strip is now two for three since coming to the local oval and joining the barn of trainer Jennifer Bongiorno, winning Friday in 1:52, just a tick off her lifetime mark. Tarryn A Strip did not have an easy path to Victory Lane, being caught very wide early and not making the lead until the 3/8 for McCarthy, yet she still had enough to withstand the wide late burst of Ponder The Odds by a half-length for Glenview Livestock LTD and Cheryl Cherry. The Trixton sophomore filly Princess Deo, fifth in the Hambletonian Oaks final, was patiently sent up to command early in the frontstretch by driver McCarthy, cut the pace, then held off pocketsitting Smooth Acceleration by a half length in taking the first of the two trots in 1:55.2. The Lucas Wallin-trained Princess Deo took advantage of the break from stakes competition to post her first seasonal score, raising her lifetime bankroll to $336,314 for Deo Volente Farms LLC, Thomas Pontone, and John Fodera. In the other trot division, the Yankee Glide sophomore gelding Oberto had been moved early to the lead by driver George Napolitano Jr. and looked to be in good shape at the ¾, with both the pocket horse and the first-over laboring to stay with him. However, the horse in the two-hole broke early on the turn, freeing Remarkable De Vie, who had been stuck third-in, but that one's rally could only carry him to within a head of Oberto by the end of the 1:58.1 mile. Jeffrey Weiner trains the four-time winner for Thomas and Pamela Herbst Maloney. The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships for two-year-olds will be hosted on Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia, with $1.3 million on the line on the rich card. The gelding Real Cool Sam and the filly Sister Sledge are the ones to beat in the trotting sections; the pacing divisions will have no such clear-cut favorites. Accompanying the $252,000 Championships will be $50,000 consolations in each of the four divisions of freshman competition. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

MILTON, ON - August 29, 2019 - Rookie harness racing trotting fillies stepped into the Grand Circuit spotlight for the $195,597 Champlain Stakes on Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 18 two-year-old trotting fillies were split into a pair of divisions. Father Patrick filly Panem broke her maiden with a 1:55.4 score in the first split. The Nancy Johansson trainee and driver Dexter Dunn circled to the top from second going to the half and posted fractions of :57.4 and 1:26.3 before trotting home in :29.1 to secure the victory by a length and a half. She Rocks Kemp finished second, while Heat Wave Hanover was third. Panem had been winless in five starts entering the Champlain, but did have a pair of runner-up finishes along with a third-place effort. "She's not the easiest to drive, but if you talk to her nicely and just let do her thing, she can punch out a good mile," said Dunn about Panem. "She was getting a little bit lost on the front...so I just gave her a chirp and got her going. She's still learning, but the ability is there and she's got a nice future." Panem Panem is a homebred for Diamond Creek Racing and has now earned $62,206. She paid $9.90 to win. Panem Spoiled Princess spoiled the undefeated record of Whose Blues with a 1:55.2 victory in the second division. Dunn steered the daughter of Trixton to the victory to give the New Zealand native a sweep of Thursday's stakes. Race-favourite Whose Blues moved to the lead in the second-quarter from second, but got company quickly in the form of She Must Be Magic, who took the lead at the half in :56.4. Whose Blues angled out nearing three-quarters, which was reached in 1:25.4. Spoiled Princess and Dunn sat patiently in fourth during the opening-half, before getting underway and sitting three-lengths from the top at three-quarters. In the stretch, Spoiled Princess tracked down Whose Blues and overtook the undefeated filly to win by a length and half. Sheer Energy finished third. Spoiled Princess improved her record to three wins in six starts with the Champlain score. She has now earned $89,649 for owner/breeders Robert McNerney and Hauser Bros Rcing Ent LLC. "To have a homebred and win this is fantastic," said McNerney. "We went easy with this horse from the beginning and didn't want to race a lot, we want to take our time and it's paid off." Spoiled Princess paid $10.30 to win. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Champlain Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings headlines the 11-race card. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - August 23, 2019 - Only Take Cash and Evident Beauty scored harness racing Grand Circuit victories in Friday night's Casual Breeze Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Casual Breeze for three-year-old fillies saw a pair of $83,123 divisions contested. Ohio Sires Stakes star Only Take Cash returned to the track where she won her career debut to collect a comfortable 1:54.4 victory in the first split. The Bob McIntosh trainee and driver Trevor Henry circled to the top in the second-quarter from the two-hole and never had an anxious moment en route to a 2¼ length score. Only Take Cash took the top spot heading to the half and posted fractions of :56.4 and 1:26 before a final-quarter of :28.4. Special Honor finished second, while Dark As A Pocket was third. A daughter of Cash Hall, Only Take Cash now has five wins and $158,811 earned in seven starts this season. The McIntosh trainee has won 13 of 16 career starts and amassed an impressive $434,311 in earnings for Robert McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables. The Casual Breeze Stakes was Only Take Cash's Grand Circuit debut after racing in strictly Ohio sired events this season. A $2 win ticket on Only Take Cash returned $3.10. Evident Beauty scored a blowout win in the second division for driver David Miller and trainer 'Nifty' Norman. The landscape of the second split took a hit when race-favourite The Ice Dutchess made a break early in the second-quarter when tracking Evident Beauty. The eventual winner was parked around the first-turn seeking the top, clearing shortly after her rival's miscue.       Evident Beauty reached the half in :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:26.3 before trotting away from rivals with a 27.4 last-quarter to win by 6 lengths. Angies Luckeylady finished second, while Sonnet Grace was third. A daughter of Trixton, Evident Beauty is putting together a strong sophomore campaign with five wins and $281,444 earned in nine starts. The Norman trainee came into Friday's start off a second-place finish to The Ice Dutchess in last Saturday's Zweig Memorial at Vernon. Evident Beauty's career numbers now sit at eight wins and $555,260 earned for owners Mel Hartman, Little E LLC and R A W Equine Inc. She paid $5.60 to win. The Nancy Johansson barn might have had a miscue from The Ice Dutchess, but they did find the winner's circle in Friday's $30,000 Mares Preferred with star Kissin In the Sand. The four-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere moved to the lead in the second-quarter for driver Yannick Gingras and took off on rivals with a :27 third-quarter (1:22.2). Kissin In The Sand finished the job with a :27.4 kicker to hold off a push from a drifting Double A Mint to win in 1:50.1. Windsun Glory finished third. The victory for Kissin In The Sand is her second consecutive at Mohawk Park and her second in 11 starts this season. The career winner of more than $1.1 million now has 19 victories to her name. Kissin In The Sand paid $3.70. Live racing continues Saturday evening with the Maple Leaf Trot eliminations, Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes on tap. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

Michael Barnard liked Sapphire Deo from the time he saw her as a yearling at Deo Volente Farms. After purchasing the filly trotter for $62,000 at the 2017 Lexington Selected Sale and changing her name to Miss You Kelly, he discovered even more reasons to like her. "Taylor Gower broke her and I was jogging her, not too long after he broke her, and she got startled by something in the grass and she took off on the trot," said Barnard, who owns Miss You Kelly as part of his Stormi And Bruiser Stable. "She did it so easy and then just came right back to me. "I knew she was special there, just to be able to do that. She did everything perfect from day one, just a great attitude. She's a beautiful horse to be around. Deo Volente turns out beautiful yearlings and Fidencio (operations manager Fidencio Cervantez) does a great job over there. She's just a real sweet horse." Miss You Kelly races Friday in the second of three Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old trotting fillies at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Miss You Kelly has the rail in that race, the fourth on the card, which is scheduled for 7:54 p.m. (EDT). Racing begins at 7 p.m. and features a total of 10 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-olds. Barnard is making his second trip to the Breeders Crown as an owner. His first was with Fresh Winner Pearl, who finished eighth in the 2002 event for 3-year-old male trotters at Woodbine. He also bred Creamy Mimi, who won the 2008 Hambletonian Oaks and finished fifth in the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters. Among Barnard's other breeding credits is stakes-winner Brooklyn, who is the dam of another of this season's 2-year-old Breeders Crown hopefuls, trotting colt Kings County, who is owned by Lindy Farms. Miss You Kelly, by Trixton out of Blue Yonder, was renamed in honor of Barnard's rescue dog, who was a fixture around the horses and passed away last year. "She was my best friend," Barnard said. "She was just the sweetest, kindest thing I ever had in my life." Miss You Kelly has won two of six races this year. She is trained by Bruce Lauer. "Bruce has done a great job with her," Barnard said. "She's about as good as she could be right now. He's done a great job getting her ready for this race. We just have to hope she gets a good trip and it works out for her." Lauer is a veteran of the racing wars, but is making his Breeders Crown debut with Miss You Kelly. "I've worked for, and with, some really good people over the years," Lauer said. "Blair Burgess, Mark and Frank O'Mara, Ron Waples -- just to name a few -- so I have been here, but never on my own. I just never had the deep-pockets owners. "The first horses I trained on my own were a $4,000 claimer and a green 3-year-old filly. I started when I was at the University of Toledo. A bunch of us went over to Raceway Park and before I knew it, I was on the backside." Lauer said Miss You Kelly had a minor setback in June before beginning her career in an elimination of the Jim Doherty Memorial, where she finished eighth. After winning a maiden race at Harrah's Philadelphia, the filly went to Canada and finished fourth in a division of the Champlain Stakes and sixth in her elimination of the Peaceful Way. She rebounded with a 1:57.1 victory at Pocono and heads to the Breeders Crown off a sixth-place finish against older horses at Pocono. "We've always liked her," Lauer said. "She had a minor setback in June and we had to back off with her and with her first start being in the Doherty she might have been over her head that early in her career. But she won a maiden with (Tim) Tetrick driving and he said he really liked her, so that was encouraging. "She raced OK in Canada. I probably should have shipped her up there sooner. She didn't really have her legs under her. That's on me." Lauer pointed the filly to the Breeders Crown by giving her the two races at the host track. "We wanted to get her a couple starts at Pocono to see if she could go enough," he said. "Matt Kakaley drove her and she won pretty handily. Matt eased her up and said she left a couple of seconds on the track. The next week, the only race we could get her in was against the boys and 3- and 4-year-olds, but she still trotted in (1):54 and a piece, which is as much as a lot of these others have gone. "We figured it was time to give her a chance." The top-three finishers from each elimination for the 2-year-old filly trotters return Saturday (Oct. 27) for the $600,000 final. The draw is scheduled to take place live after the 10th race on Friday. Elimination winners, in an order determined by lot, draw for post one through five. For the night's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner and Keith Gisser, for the Breeders Crown

LEXINGTON, KY--Looking to remain undefeated in seven starts, Jim Campbell-trainee Cloud Nine Fashion races from post three in the fifth of five divisions for the $324,500 International Stallion Stakes (ISS) for two-year-old filly trotters at The Red Mile on Friday, Oct. 5. Four divisions of the $245,000 ISS for two-year-old filly pacers also highlights the program, with Joe Holloway's Heston Blue Chip filly Zero Tolerance, winning seven races from nine starts this year, racing in the second division. Owned by Fashion Farms LLC, Cloud Nine Fashion continued her unbeaten streak with a 1:55.3 length victory from post 10 in her division of the Bluegrass last week. The earner of nearly $100,000 in earnings contests against The Ice Dutchess, who comes into the ISS red-hot with a three-race win streak on the line. The Muscle Hill filly, owned by Coyote Wynd Farms, also has wins in the $296,450 Peaceful Way Stakes and $357,450 Jim Doherty Memorial on her resume as well as nearly $400,000 in earnings. Tim Tetrick picks up the drive on Cloud Nine Fashion this week as David Miller sided with the Linda Toscano-trained Chapter Seven filly Hanna Dreamgirl. The Ice Dutchess will have her usual pilot Yannick Gingras in behind. Opening the frosh trots as well as the card, Princess Deo starts from post three off a 1:55.1 rail-trip victory in her division of the Bluegrass. Owned by trainer Noel Daley along with Deo Volente Farms LLC and John Fodera, the filly by Trixton has two wins from eight starts and $72,106 in earnings. Andrew McCarthy will drive. Doherty Memorial elimination-winners Special Honor and Starita meet in the second (ISS) division. Trained by Julie Miller for owners Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, Special Honor enters of an off-the-pace second-place effort as the favorite in her division of the Bluegrass. A winner of two races from seven starts and over $100,000 in earnings, Andy Miller will drive the filly by Father Patrick from post three. Trained by Joe Holloway, Starita has three wins from 10 starts and $129,223 in earnings for owners Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz. The filly by Trixton finished second to The Ice Dutchess in her division of the Bluegrass, timed in 1:54.4, and starts from post five this week with David Miller in the bike. Winning her Bluegrass split in 1:54.4 as the even-money favorite, Richard "Nifty" Norman-trainee Evident Beauty returns to the track in the third ISS division. Competing for Melvin Hartman, Little E LLC and R A W Equine Inc., the filly by Trixton has two wins from six starts and $146,332 on her card. She races from post five with David Miller at the reins. Kentucky Sires Stakes-champ Whispering Oaks enters the fourth ISS split off a fourth-place finish to Cloud Nine Fashion in the Bluegrass. The Jimmy Takter-trained filly by Father Patrick has accrued $232,094 in earnings for owners Brixton Medical Inc., Herb Liverman and R A W Equine Inc. in just 10 starts this season, three of which she won. Yannick Gingras will sit in the bike from post five. Zero Tolerance races from post six in the second division of the filly pace. Earning $241,291 for owners Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz, she charged through the stretch with a :26.2 final quarter to win her Bluegrass division by less than a length in 1:51, a lifetime best. Regular-driver David Miller will have the controls. Beating Zero Tolerance in the $207,000 Kentuckiana Filly Pace at Hoosier Park, Warrawee Ubeaut returns to compete against the Holloway trainee. Trained by Ron Burke, the Sweet Lou filly has five wins from eight starts and $269,768 in earnings for owner Burke Racing Stable, Phillip Collura, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Yannick Gingras will drive from post two. Trainer Brett Bittle tries his filly Darn Tootn Hanover against Grand Circuit competition this week as the Sweet Lou filly jumps from late-closing action at The Red Mile into the first ISS division. Adding Lasix in her last start, Darn Tootn Hanover broke her maiden in a late-closing split with a three-quarter length 1:55 victory. Corey Callahan sits in the bike from post five for owners Charles Keller III, Charles Keller IV, (E. Bittle) and Brett Bittle. Prescient Beauty and St Somewhere, finishing one-two in their Bluegrass split, compete against each other once more in the third split of ISS. A homebred for James Avritt Sr., Prescient Beauty kicked off cover to catch speedster St Somewhere by a length in 1:51.1 as the odds-on favorite. The Gregg McNair trainee, with four wins from nine starts, has earned $178,537 and will have Doug McNair driving from post one. St Somewhere, a Ron Burke-trained filly by American Ideal, rushed to the lead from post nine and quickened the tempo before being outsprinted in the stretch to finish second in her rebound mile. She lost her previous start, the $225,000 New York Sires Stakes final, as the even-money favorite after making a break before three-quarters. A winner of three races from 10 starts, St Somewhere has earned $138,143 for owners Burke Racing Stable & Philip Collura, Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Yannick Gingras will drive from post three. She's A Great Lady-winner Tall Drink Hanover enters the final division of the filly pace off her 1:51.1 victory in the $454,300 Grand Circuit event at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Tony Alagna-trained filly by Captaintreacherous has not missed the board in eight starts--winning five--and earning $313,289 for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. Andrew McCarthy sits in the bike and will start from post seven. The ISS action Friday features a variety of sponsored events with three divisions of the Walner filly trot sponsored by the Walner Syndicate and two of the Muscle Hill sponsored by Southwind Farms. Blue Chip Stallions sponsors all four divisions of the filly pace, naming a division for American Ideal, Roll With Joe, Shadow Play and Bettor's Delight. The 12-race matinee Friday gets underway with first-race post scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (EDT). By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile

Lexington, KY - The best of harness racing in the Bluegrass will be on display Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16, at The Red Mile when the historic Lexington racetrack hosts the $2 million Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) finals. The 10-race card gets underway at 3 p.m. (EDT) and is the centerpiece of the new Fayette County Fair that will run from noon until 6 p.m. Sunday afternoon's 10-race race card features the eight divisional KYSS championship races, worth $250,000 each, as well as a pair of $50,000 consolation events. The fields were set after three preliminary legs were contested over the past three weeks at The Red Mile. The opening quartet of KYSS finals are for the 2 year olds. The first-year male trotters kick off the championships (Race 3) and the field of 10 include four preliminary winners, including two-time victors Forecast (son of Cantab Hall, post 1) and Super Schissel (Uncle Peter, post 4). Also in the race are prelim winners Lindy’s Crazy Hall (Cantab Hall, post 7) and Don’t Let’em (Muscle Hill, post 3), who earlier this year won the Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands. Among the 2-year-old filly trotters (Race 5), Taylor Swiftly (Trixton, post 5) has created nothing but bad blood between her and her rivals by being mean and sweeping all three preliminaries. The 2-year-old filly pacer Beautyonthebeach swept her three opening rounds and the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere may be tough to beat in that divisional final (Race 4) as she landed post 1. The road to division honors among the freshman male pacers (Race 6) appears to go through Captain Trevor, a son of Captaintreacherous who has been most impressive while capturing all three of his prelims. Only two 3 year olds who won KYSS finals last year at two are back to defend their title. One of those is the filly trotter Top Expectations, who was two-for-two in this year's opening two legs. The daughter of Cantab Hall drew post 1 in this year's final (Race 7). The 3-year-old filly pacer Band Stand is the other returning champion, but this year the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance may have her work cut out for her as she finished eighth in the point standings after a second, sixth and fourth in the prelims. Band Stand starts from post 4 in this year's final (Race 8) with the role of favorite likely going to Dance Blue (Race 3), a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven who won both her opening rounds in open-lengths fashion. Race 9 is the $250,000 KYSS final for 3-year-old male trotters. Tactical Landing, a son of Muscle Hill who last month captured his Hambletonian elimination and finished third in the $1 million final, starts from post 1 after a third and first in the KYSS preliminaries. Wolfgang, a son of My MVP and a leg-one winner who is Tactical Landing's stablemate in the barn of trainer Jimmy Takter, starts from post 4. Classichap, a son of Chapter Seven who raced and won his only KYSS appearance in leg 3 last Monday night, starts from post 3. The sophomore male pacers close out the championship card in Race 10. American History (post 6), a son of American Ideal, is two-for-two in this year's KYSS and is one of three Tony Alagna trainees going postward (Rush To Judgement, post 1) and Legal Power (post 4). Grand Teton (post 3), a son of A Rocknroll Dance who won the first KYSS leg, is one of three Takter trainees in the race, along with Thinkbig Dreambig (post 5) and Decoy (post 8). The eight KYSS finals encompass an "all stakes" 20-cent Pick 8 wager with a guaranteed $10,000 pool in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 8 has a low takeout rate of only 15 percent. The wager will feature a mandatory payout, so the entire net pool will be paid for the most winners if nobody selects all eight winners. Admission is free and the Fayette County fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market. Several music acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, Avery Crabtree and Conch Republic among the performers. Montgomery is slated to perform on the outdoor stage from 4-6 p.m. The racing program gets underway with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer hands-on equine experience. Saturday night's (post time 7 p.m.) 10-race card features three $50,000 KYSS consolations, including races for 3-year-old filly trotters, 2-year-old colt trotters and 2-year-old filly pacers. From the Kentucky Sire Stakes

Tioga Downs hosted the W.N. Reynolds Memorial races for freshman trotters and pacers on Sunday (August 26). Starita (David Miller) wins the first of two divisions of The Meda ($37,250) for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Starita ($2.80) pranced out to the lead and never looked back. She set down all the fractions (:28.3, :58.3, 1:27.2, 1:55.4). Trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz. she had a two length lead after three-quarters and turned on the after burners in the stretch to win going away by more than five lengths. Fashion Rachel (Corey Callahan) finished second with Cardinale (Andy Miller) taking third money. Starita is a filly by Trixton-Morningstar. It was her second win in seven career starts. Unbeaten Cloud Nine Fashion (Tim Tetrick) took the second division of The Meda ($37,750). After leader Sabrina Deo (Corey Callahan) and follower Explosive Mel (Marcus Miller) each went on breaks, Cloud Nine Fashion ($2.10) led the group to the first quarter in :30.3. Southwind Percy (David Miller) took over the pocket. It was then a two horse race. Cloud Nine Fashion led to a half of 1:00.1 and to three-quarters in 1:28.1. South Percy put on the pressure around the final turn but when they reached the top of the stretch, Cloud Nine Fashion had a lot in the tank and won easily in 1:57.0. Southwind Percy settled for second best while Chardonnay Nay (Tom Jackson) finished third. Cloud Nine Fashion is a filly by Muscle Hill-I'm On Cloud Nine. Owned by Fashion Farms LLC and trained by Jim Campbell, she is now a perfect four for four in her young career. No Drama Please (Andy Miller) easily wins The Judge Moore ($69,300) for 2-year-old trotting colts & geldings. No Drama Please ($8.70) charged straight to the front and never looked back. He hit all the stations first (:28.3, :58.0, 1:26.2, 1:56.0). The betting favorite Holiday Hangover (Tim Tetrick) looked like he had a chance just before the three-quarter mark but he went on a break. No Drama Please then breezed home to get his first career victory by over two lengths in the end. Cheap Tricks (Jim Taggart Jr.) finished second. Sheena's Boy (Marcus Miller), who was racing for purse only was third. No Drama please is a colt by Trixton-Female Drama. Owned by Stoy Inc., and trained by Julie Miller. It was his first win in six starts. Zero Tolerence (David Miller) gets impressive win in The Lorraine ($56,300) featuring freshman pacing fillies. Zero Tolerence ($2.10) went to the front and led from gate-to-wire (:28.1, :57.4, 1:26.0, 1:53.2). She never let them get close in winning her fourth straight race. Prairie Westerngal (Jim Taggart Jr.) finished a distant second with Simone (Homer Hochstetler) getting third. Zero Tolerence is a filly by Heston Blue Chip-feelinglikeastar. Trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, she won for the fifth time in six starts. It was an owner-trainer-driver double for them on the afternoon. Mangogh (Tim Tetrick) hangs on to win The Solicitor ($66,600) for 2-year-old pacing colts & geldings. Mangogh ($7.20) went to the front followed by Sweet Troy (Marcus Miller). He led them to the first quarter of :28.0 and then to a half of :56.0. One half of the betting favorite entry, Captain Panko went on a break at the halfway mark. Trained by Bruce Saunders for owners M&L Of Delaware LLC., and M&M Harness Racing LLC., Mangogh was pressured by Saronno (Andy Miller) as he hit the three-quarter mark in 1:24.3. As they were in the stretch, Sweet Troy finally was able to find racing room and charged at Mangogh in deep stretch but it was too late and Mangogh won in a career best time of 1:53.4. Sweet Troy settled for second. Sarrono ended up third best. Mangogh is a colt by Western Ideal-My Little Artist. It was his second win in six career starts. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 31) starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ  -  June 29, 2018 - The Meadowlands hosted the first leg of NJSS for 2-year-old pacers and trotters on Friday night. The New Jersey harness racing pacing colts raced off the card in a single division while the fillies raced on the card in their single division both for $15,000. The $20,000 NJSS for trotters were split and went two division for both the colts and fillies all on the card. The NJSS for 2-year-old colts was the first contested off the regular card. Hurrikane Emperor left the gait from the rail position to win his first lifetime start in 1:53.1 for trainer John McDermott Jr. The son of Hurrikane Kingcole is owned and bred by Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing LLC and Pegasis Investment Group. Clintock finished second while Black Dan was third. Another John McDermott Jr. trainee Hurrikane Lori Ann took the 2-year-old pacing fillies division in 1:56.4. Sired by Lis Mara the filly is starting her year off right for owners Johnathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing LLC, Pegasis Investment Group and George Viemo. Hurrikanesky took second while Love Love Me Too was third. The first division of the 2-year-old trotting colts went to morning line favorite Greenshoe after making a break at the start. Greenshoe got back on gait and made a huge move heading to the three-quarter pole to win in 1:56.2 for trainer Marcus Melander. The son of Father Patrick is owned by Courant Inc. Lucius Vorenus came in a close second while Sheena’s Boy finished third. The second division of trotting colts was won by another Father Patrick sired 2-year-old, Hudson River. Hudson River trained by Jimmy Takter came first up at the half to take the lead and stop the clock in 1:55.2. This is Hudson River’s first start and first win for owners Christina Takter and Goran Falk. A tight second went to Battenberg while third place was Trix and Stones. The 2-year-old trotting fillies kicked off their first leg in the 9th race with odds on favorite Special Honor taking the field in 1:57.1 for trainer Julie Miller. The Father Patrick sired filly moved to the front at the quarter and cruised home for owners Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Strita finished second and Devilish Delight came in third. The second division for the fillies was also won by a daughter of Father Patrick. Whispering Oaks nosed out the competition in the lane to win in 1:55.4 for trainer Jimmy Takter. Whispering Oaks is owned by Brixton Medical Inc, Herb Liverman and R A W Equine Inc. French Cafe finished a very close second while Atonement was third. The second leg of NJSS for 2-year-old pacers and trotters will be held on July 6, 2018 at the Meadowlands. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

Goshen, NY --- Check Out Trixie attracted plenty of attention Friday (June 29) at Historic Track, winning the $8,475 Landmark Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters in a track-record 1:58.4 on the opening afternoon of the half-mile oval's four-day Grand Circuit meet. The clocking shattered the previous mark of 2:01.3 for a 2-year-old female trotter, which was set by Daytona Blue Chip in 2012. Check Out Trixie, trained and driven by Historic Track-based Ray Schnittker, is a daughter of 2014 Hambletonian winner Trixton out of Schnittker's two-time Dan Patch Award winner Check Me Out. She prepped for her career debut at Historic Track with a 1:57.4 win in a qualifier June 20 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Her Pocono win time is the fastest of the season so far for a 2-year-old filly trotter on a five-eighths-mile track and her Historic Track clocking is the fastest for a 2-year-old trotter on a half-mile track. Check Me Out is owned by Schnittker and Steve Jones, who also are the breeders of the filly. She is part of Trixton's first crop as a sire and the second foal out of Check Me Out, who won 25 of 31 races at ages 2 and 3 and set multiple world records. "The mother, in my mind, is one of the greatest trotting fillies of all time," Jones said. "Trixton looks like he's got horses that have speed. I guess in time we'll find out if they have quality. I saw a couple at the Meadowlands that looked like they could fly. So I think he's off to a good start. This looks like probably his best filly, but you never know. Time will tell. But it looks like she's off on the right foot." Jones said Schnittker liked Check Out Trixie from the beginning and the filly is staked heavily. "Who's to say whether she's good enough to be the top dog, but she's off to a good start," Jones said. "I think trotting in (1):58.4 over this racetrack is a pretty good accomplishment. "I'm hoping that she shines when the lights get bright later in the summer." Jones also was the breeder of two other Landmark Stakes winners, with Major Sugar Rush (Art Major-Sugarcoated) taking the $12,100 event for 3-year-old male pacers in 1:54.2 and Hickfromfrenchlick (So Surreal-My Girl's A Star) winning the $11,000 event for 2-year-old male pacers in 1:57.3. Major Sugar Rush was driven to victory by Jordan Stratton for trainer/owner Schnittker. It the gelding's first win in eight starts this season. Hickfromfrenchlick, a reference to the nickname of basketball legend Larry Bird, was driven to his career-debut win by trainer Schnittker, who owns the colt with Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico. The Nolamaura Racing group is based in Goshen and led by Patrick English and also includes his father, Kerry. The family owns a beer distributorship. "This is our third year of racing," Patrick said. "The stable name is Nolamaura Racing; it's my two daughters' names. This is just a group of guys that like to have beer and have fun and we're just lucky to be with Ray and have a good horse. "I'm the third generation on the board of directors here at the track. My dad is on the board and my grandmother was here. It's fun to be involved and give back and now actually have a horse that looks really good and is winning." Other winners on the card Friday were Grammy Winner in the $6,125 Landmark for 3-year-old female trotters, Solitary in the $6,125 Landmark for 3-year-old female pacers, Midnight Express S in the $13,600 Landmark for 3-year-old male trotters, Ladybeluckytonite in the $9,125 Landmark for 2-year-old female pacers, and Amico Mio Bi in the $14,350 Landmark for 2-year-old male trotters. Grammy Winner (Credit Winner-Grammy Hall) won in 1:58.3 for driver Tyler Buter and trainer Todd Buter. The filly is owned by Gene Oldford Farms, Lynette Buter, William Fuhs, and Carol Fuhs. She has won three of 13 lifetime races and earned $24,733. Solitary (American Ideal-Lonesome Day) won in 1:55 for driver Marcus Miller and trainer Nick Surick. The filly is owned by William Daggett Jr., Lawrence Vukovic, and J L Benson Stables. She has won three of 22 career starts and earned $71,555. Midnight Express S (Maharajah-Truly Devoted) won in 1:58 with Oskar Florhed driving for trainer Ake Svanstedt. The colt is owned by Olle Leven and has won four of 14 career races (and three of his last five) and earned $32,881. Ladybeluckytonite (Art Major-Run On Luck) won in 1:57.3 for driver Jordan Stratton and trainer Rick Dane Jr., who owns the filly with the Rock And Roll Stable. Ladybeluckytonite has a win and a second in two races, with $17,687 in purses. Amico Mio Bi (Donato Hanover-Lapponia) won in 1:59.1 in his career debut for local owners Janice Connor, who also trains the colt with her husband Chuck, Brian Connor and Ebby and Peter Gerry's Arden Homestead Stable. Stratton piloted Amico Mio Bi to the victory. "He's a nice colt, so hopefully he'll keep going like he is," Chuck Connor said. "We made some changes on him that helped him. We put the trotting hobbles on him for the half-mile track. When we trained him last week he was a little shaky in the turns, but not bad. We wanted to steady him a bit with the hobbles and it worked. We'll keep (the hobbles) on now and just let them out for the bigger tracks. "He seems like he's improving, so that's a good thing." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

WILKES-BARRE PA - After checking the season's leaders list for 5/8-mile tracks, it can be noted that the fastest two-year-old on the trot and the co-fastest two-year-old on the pace both competed during baby races at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Wednesday morning. The fastest trotter among the babies is a filly named Check Out Trixie, and your surprise at her being able to precociously trot in 1:57.4, last half 57.2, will go away when we point out that she is a mating of Hambletonian winner Trixton and Check Me Out, the multiple-recordsetting champion. Trainer/driver Ray Schnittker moved her to the lead in front of the stands and there was little doubt from there, as Check Out Trixie also bettered the 1:58.1 put in by colt Fashion Possessed at Philly yesterday. Tying for top honors among all baby pacers, and setting the standard for colts, was Lyons Night Hawk, a son of Sweet Lou and Weapons Against (she a half-sister to $2.4M winner and top sire A Rocknroll Dance). Lyons Night Hawk rallied from the pocket in a 27.4 kicker to complete a 1:53.4 package, matching the clocking registered by the filly Rose Run Uptowngal in a pari-mutuel race at The Meadows yesterday. Jason Bartlett guided the winner for trainer Gareth Dowse. The first freshman heat yielded the day's fastest pacing filly in the Well Said filly Serena Said, who was home first in 1:55.1 - 57.1- 28.2. Out of the mare Selinas's Joy, a half-sister to $1.5M winner Shadow Play, Serena Said won for driver Corey Callahan and trainer John Butenschoen. Quickest trotting colt of the session was Our White Knight, whose parents' names might suggest some confusion (Crazed-Psychotherapist), but who knew how to make every pole a winning one for Team Callahan/Butenschoen, winning in 2:00.2 with back numbers of 58.3 - 29.1. The winner is a full brother to $600G winner Theraputic. With babies appearing on overnights and on the PA county fair scene, this will be the last of the morning reports on freshman action at the mountain oval. Now they'll have to earn their plaudits competing for purse money. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER PA - The fastest two-year-old trotter and pacer over a 5/8-mile track in 2018, based on reported records at the start of the day, both were on display during the morning session for two-year-olds Tuesday at Harrah's Philadelphia. The fastest pacer to date is a filly: Sylph Hanover, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the Artiscape mare She's A Fan, who secured the pocket early from post eight, then smoked home in 55.2 to win by 14¾ lengths in 1:54.3, knocking 1/5 off the previous seasonal standard held by colts Captain Mailcious and Union Station. Sylph Hanover was one of four successful teamings for trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras; the latter added a fifth victory for another trainer. On the trotting side, pedigree alone could have pointed you to Fashion Possessed, who went wire-to-wire on an open-length lead to win in 1:58.1. The Possess The Will colt is out of the Chocolatier mare Sweet Love, whose own dam is Amour Angus, a full sister to four champions, Conway Hall, Andover Hall, Angus Hall, and Emilie Cas El, the last-named the dam of Hambletonian winner Trixton. Fashion Possessed's trainer Jim Campbell matched Ron Burke by sending out four successful babies, with David Miller handling two of them plus winning with two others. Fastest trotting filly was the Explosive Matter - French Doll miss Spring In Paris, 17¾ lengths clear of the opposition in 2:00 for Gingras (that fifth win) and trainer Steve LeBlanc. Among the pacing boys, 1:55.4 miles were turned in by Milano Hanover (Western Ideal - Monte Carlo Madam) for Gingras / Burke and Mangogh, another son of Western Ideal out of My Little Artist, with Andrew McCarthy in the sulky for conditioner Bruce Saunders. With baby races on the betting card tomorrow (Wednesday) at Harrah's, the fair season opening tomorrow, and Sire Stakes pari-mutuel action for freshmen commencing on July 3, this is likely the last morning session here to be reported on, barring some sort of giant mile, but the early sessions have pointed to several horses who seem to have the ability to be stars in the near future. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

East Rutherford, NJ - Breakfast With The Babies (BWTB) Saturday morning were sponsored by Jules Siegel's Fashion Farm was conducted under perfect conditions on a clear, windless morning with temperatures in the 70's. The Meadowlands racetrack was rated as fast. The Captaintreacherous colts were on display in a big way this morning as a half dozen well-bred colts from his exciting first crop purchased last fall by Myron Bell's consortium and trained by Tony Alagna positioned themselves on a course to advance the legacy of their champion sire and they did him proud. Shipshape (Brett Miller) was the first to go in race six, was sent right to the front and faced no opposition as he cruised the oval in 1:54.2 home in 27 seconds in hand. The sharp looking Brittany Farms bred from Fresh Idea was a $175,000 Lexington purchase by Brittany, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant and Captain Trevor Racing. Captain Ahab (Yannick Gingras) went virtually the same mile in the 7th, just a tick faster as he finished the mile in 1:54 flat. He rolled off similar numbers and finished well in hand, holding two other "Captaian" colts followed him across the wire with Odds On Boca Raton (Scott Zeron) second and Waterway (B. Miller) third. All three are sons of Captaintreacherous and trained by Alagna and Captain Ahab's owners are listed as Brittany Farms, Brad Grant, Vinnie Barbera and Captain Ahab Racing who paid $100,000 for him in Lexington. Brittany Farms bred this colt as well. US Captain closed the day on a high note for the team as he held challengers on both sides at bay through a 27.1 end to a 1:55.2 mile. Gingras moved US Captain to the front as they passed the half in 59.4, faced a stern rush from another "Captain" in Latissimus Hanover (Tetrick) through a 28.2 third panel then put that rival away and held Caviart Rockland (Marcus Johansson) off up the inside through the final strides. US Captain is from the champion mare American Jewel and was also bred by Brittany who retains a piece of the colt with partners Brad Grant, Joe Barbera and US Captain Racing. He was a $180,000 Lexington yearling purchase. Trainer Joe Holloway also had a huge day with three impressive winners, all driven by Hall of Famer David Miller. Trixton also impressed as the first crop sire and 2014 Hambletonian winner sired a few winners including Battenberg, a colt from Coffeecake Hanover who wowed the crowd with a 1:55.4 mile where he was in front by 10 to 15 lengths the entire way. He snapped from the gate quickly for David Miller and had 10 on the field by the 28.1 quarter, continued through the half in 57.1 and 1:26.4 three quarters before coasting home in 29 to win by 13 lengths. Holloway trains Battenberg for Crawford Farms and Val D'Or Farms who gave $210,000 for him at last fall's Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg. Millstream Stable bred the colt. Joe also sent out a Heston Blue Chip filly by the name of Zero Tolerance who zipped around the oval in 1:53.3 with an ultra-impressive 26.3 final quarter, absolutely flying in late stretch for Miller. She is a Winbak Farms bred $30,000 Lexington Select Sale purchase by Val D'Or Farms and Ted Gewertz. Trotting fillies opened the card and the Starita, also by Trixton was a convincing 1:58.2 winner for Miller. Starita went right to the front, set comfortable fractions and sprinted home in 27.4 under her own power. Mimi'spearloflindy (Mattias Melander) was second. Holloway trains the $50,000 (LEX Select) Brittany Farms bred filly for owners Val D'Or Farms and Gewertz. Speed Titan, by another exciting first crop sire in EL Titan, was an easy 1:58.1 winner for Marcus Melander in race 2. She followed along behind Taja Mahala (Chuck Connor) as that one cruised through a 1:00.3 half and 1:29.3 three quarters before Melander tipped her out and she charged by that rival to win by a widening five lengths. Taja Mahalla held for second. Speed Titan was a $50,000 (LEX Select) buy for Rick Wahlstedt from breeder Kjell Andersen. Melander came right back in the third with the $225,000 (LEX Select) Muscle Hill colt Gerry, who cut the mile and moved away from the competition with a 28.1 end to his 1:57.3 mile. Osterc (Yannick Gingras) sat behind throughout and finished second. Gerry was bred by KG Bertmark and is owned by Svensk Reklamfinans AB. Live racing tonight with an 11 race card beginning at around 7:15 pm with Justify chasing the Triple Crown in the Belmont at 7:00 pm. by Nick Salvi, for The Meadowlands

Four members of the inaugural crop of Hambletonian champion Trixton will make their harness racing freshman debuts in Meadowlands baby races on Saturday June 2nd it was announced by Deo Volente principal Sue Agopian “As Trixton is the first world class stallion, to stand at our Flemington Facility, it is especially gratifying and perhaps a little nerve wracking to see his babies finally make the races”, Agopian continued but from what we’ve heard so far, the Trixton colts and fillies have been impressive” The four Trixton’s include GIVEN a homebred from Donatella Hanover trained by Jimmy Takter. Starita a $50,000 yearling purchase from Morningstar trained by Joe Holloway, Battenberg a $210,000 yearling from Coffeecake Hanover trained by Joe Holloway and Gerri’s Trix a homebred from Gerri’s Joy trained by Jimmy Takter. The entire staff of Deo Volente Farms will be rooting for “our Trixton babies” Bob Marks

Today, NJ based Deo Volente Farms, a leading Standardbred breeding operation, and Kentucky based Taylor Made Stallions and Taylor Made Sales Agency, an outstanding business in America’s Thoroughbred world, along with California Chrome’s breeder Perry Martin, announces an unprecedented crossover deal in which harness racing owners of Trixton and California Chrome will buy shares in their new partner’s horses. In doing so, these captains of their industries are establishing a strategic relationship that will encourage growth and new investment in the racehorse industry. California Chrome holds the top spot in the Longines 2016 World Ranking of Racehorses and is the highest earning racehorse in history having earned in excess of $13.4 Million in purses.  Bred by Perry Martin and Steve Coburn, he won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness in 2014, and after recovering from a minor injury in 2015, he made an extraordinary return to the track in 2016.  His athletic prowess is on full display as he has thus far been a perfect 6 for 6 this year under the expert handling of trainer Art Sherman, including victories in the $10 Million Dubai World Cup, the Pacific Classic and the Awesome Again. California Chrome’s next scheduled appearance is at Santa Anita for the $6 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic. With such an outstanding career, the 2014 Thoroughbred Horse of the Year out of Love the Chase by Lucky Pulpit, and grandson to the prominent sire Pulpit, is sure to have an exciting and promising career in the breeding shed. Trixton, trained by one of the world’s leading trainers, Jimmy Takter, captured the 2014 Hambletonian, the most prestigious race in the Standardbred world.  The stallion offers superior pedigree in the harness world today. He is by Muscle Hill, also a  Hambletonian winner (2009). In turn, Muscle Hill is a son of the 1998 Hambletonian winning sire, Muscles Yankee, a stallion responsible for three consecutive Hambletonian winners.  Muscles Yankee in turn is the foremost son of the foundation sire, Valley Victory.  Trixton’s dam is a full sister to three very successful stallions in the Standardbred industry. He retired from racing in 2014 and his innovative dual continent syndication sold out in two days. He secured a full book of the who’s who of mares globally in 2015 and 2016 and his first foals will be presented as yearlings in 2017.  “Both Taylor Made and Deo Volente Farms are shining examples of quality and integrity, following the bedrock foundations of horsemanship, customer service, and innovation; we are delighted that Ernie Martinez introduced us. Mike and I developed an immediate relationship, as we both are passionate not only about excellence, but also, and more importantly, about our Christian faith ” said Mr. Duncan Taylor, CEO of Taylor Made. The family run business began operations in Kentucky in 1976 by Joe Taylor, father of the Taylor brothers, Duncan, Chris, Ben, Frank, and Mark.   Taylor Made was soon recognized for their quality care and quickly ascended to the apex of the thoroughbred world, selling horses for over one million dollars each by the 80’s and establishing themselves as top sellers by the 90’s with continued success in breeding and on the racetrack today. Deo Volente Farms was founded in 2008 by its CEO, Michael J. Gulotta, and a board of investors.  Gulotta has been an owner in the harness racing business for over 25 years.  “My commitment to the Standardbred industry is unwavering and I am delighted to have the esteemed Taylor Made family join the Trixton Syndicate” said Gulotta, who is Treasurer, Chair of the Breeders Committee and an Executive Board Member of New Jersey’s Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association.  As innovative and forward looking leaders, both Taylor and Gulotta believe that this union is a unique example of thoroughbreds and standardbreds being mutually supportive and standing united so as to attract next-generation fans and investors. With these stellar stallions and thoughtful leaders, this is the first step in their collaborative journey together. Duncan Taylor | President & CEO Taylor Made Sales Agency, Inc. | Taylor Made Stallions, Inc. 2765 Union Mill Road | Nicholasville, KY 40356 Office (859) 885-3345 | Direct Line (859) 881-6128 Fax (859) 881-7032   | www.taylormadeadvantage.com We consider referrals the highest compliment. Please keep us in mind if you know someone who would benefit from developing a relationship with Taylor Made. Sue Agopian  |  Managing Partner, CMO Deo Volente Farms LLC 487 Quakertown Road  | Flemington, NJ 08822 Office: 908/782-4848 |  Fax: 908/782-4870 www.deovolentefarms.com

The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF) has a few new breedings for sale, and asks those harness racing breeders who are holding breedings they will not be using to consider donating to help support the 2014 Standardbreds in its care.   These breedings available as of today are Beatitude; Chip Chip Horray; CR Excalibur; Diamond Goal; Trixton; Four Starz Robro; Holiday Road; Net Ten Eom; Tarver Hanover; The Fraternity Pan; Three Olives; Western Hero; Ponder; and Windsong Espoir.   The most important and consistent source of funding, which comes from yearly and lifetime breeding sales and donations helps provide for the care, boarding, feeding, veterinary, farrier, dental, worming, rehabilitation and re-training of 204 Standardbreds, of which more than 100 are permanently retired due to age and/or injury.   This is SRF's 27th year as the only organization solely dedicated to the Standardbred breed, the only one of its kind also providing full care for horses when adoption is not possible, and following their welfare in every home diligently for life. SRF has served thousands of Standardbreds, and helped hundreds of children through its award winning programs. Breeding donations, and SRF's sale of such gifts make a substantial difference.   To donate or purchase a breeding please contact Tammy Hollock at 732-446-4422 or email accounting@srfmail.com. SRF is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and gifts to SRF are tax-deductible.   Standardbred Retirement Foundation, 353 Sweetmans Lane, Suite 101, Millstone Twp., NJ 08535  

While blizzards tend to be hectic times at breeding farms, the hearts of Deo Volente staff warmed right up with the arrival of the very first foal by Hambletonian champion Trixton on Saturday January 23rd. The dam  Amare Deo is by Lucky Chucky from the accomplished Cherished Victory which places the bright bay Snow Angel in the middle of perhaps the most commercial family in trotting as the second dam is none other than foundation mare Keystone Profile. It was the first foal for both Trixton and Amare Deo and an appropriate seasonal name will be selected for the snow angel.   

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